UAE, better than the best! May 3, 2009Posted by imranokazmi in UAE.
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my UAE: Focus
Objective: Make UAE the BEST place on earth to:http://www.crscube.com/
—An investors market
Physical and Mental Growth Phases
Who is Imran Owais Kazmi?
A management consultant and trainer par excellence Parents —Son of S M Owais, an Indian who migrated to Pakistan in 1960s, worked under the British and made Commissioner of Karachi (like Mayor), retired early, translated the Quran in English and Urdu —Son of Dr Atiya Khalil Arab Al Ansari, Sanad e Hadith, PhD in Arabic Literature, my grandfather Allama Khalil Arab was tutor to Indian Prince and Princesses in Bhopal in 1940s and tutor/friend of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz. My mother also translated a poetry book of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum
*An MBA and 16 years multinationals work experience in Tobacco, Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Oil & Gas and consulting / training *Major achievement *Stopped smuggling of mobile phones in Pakistan, helped the Government of Pakistan make USD 1 billion and was recognized for the effort.Speaker on *MECOM 2009 SpeakerManagement thinker and consultant
World change and peace activist
Rich in humor, ideas and creativity!
*This is MY DREAM, if UAE was MY COUNTRY, it is NOT a PERFECT presentation, it has gaps, mistakes, loopholes, missing things, WORK WITH ME, I want to put my time free of cost into it, like a national, to help this TRANSFORM UAE and DUBAI to my dream…
*Each of these slides can be expanded to unique in-depth presentations
*But to me it is the seed, the germ, the sprout of creativity that leads to great nations and world change.
As simple as 1-2-3-4!
1 What is the UAE? (Data taken from CIA Factbook)
2 Physical and Mental Growth Phases (Some data taken from Zayed University)
3 Comparison with East & West
4 Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
Healthcare/Swine Flu Action Plan
What is the UAE? (taken from CIA Factbook website)
What is the UAE
*A Muslim country
—in the Gulf characterized by moderation, growth and economic development
*The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast
—granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties.
—Six of these states – Abu Zaby, ‘Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn – merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra’s al Khaymah.
Emiratis from pearl hunters to world rulers! (taken from Zayed University)
The United Arab Emirates is perhaps the single most noticeable story of growth in the last 30 years. However, to me, it has gone through the following phases:
Pre 20th century phase
Next we will discuss the mindset or thinking change during this time.
Pre 20th century
*Not long ago, the UAE was a land of desert inhabited by proud and resourceful nomadic Bedouin tribes, fishing villages and date farms. Abu Dhabi consisted of several hundred palm huts (barasti) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler’s Fort. Situated along the creek, Dubai was a trading hub, providing a safe haven before the Straits of Hormuz and beyond. Life today in the Emirates bears little resemblance to that of 40 years ago.
*Parts of the UAE were settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC and its early history fits the nomadic, herding and fishing pattern typical of the broader region. The Bedouin tribe was the principal building block of UAE society.
*Bedouin, which means desert-dweller, lived in varied terrain – moving between the ocean (where pearl diving and fishing were the main forms of sustenance), the desert (moving as nomads for grazing areas for the camels and herds) and the oasis (where water sources and irrigation allowed for farming of dates and vegetables). One can still see the luxuriant date farms in Al Ain and irrigated terraced gardens in the mountain wadis (valleys).
*The Bedouin were known for their resourcefulness and independence in the face of a harsh environment. Their code of hospitality continues today among the modern Emirati population, who show great respect and honor to guests.
Pre 20th century
*The Portuguese arrived in 1498 when Vasco de Gamma circumnaviged the Cape of Godo Hope. Portugese forts and the forts of their local supporters are evident in and around the various Emirates and nearby Oman. The British then followed, asserting their naval power to safeguard trade links to India.
*The British came into conflict with the Qawasim tribal group, a seafaring clan whose influence extended to the Persian side of the Gulf. As a result, the area acquired the name “Pirate Coast”.
*In the 1820’s, the British fleet the Qawasim navy, imposed a General Treaty of Peace on the nine Arab sheikhdoms, and established a garrison in the region.
*The area became known as the Trucial Coast until the creation of the UAE in 1971.
*Throughout this period, the main power among the Bedouin tribes of the interior was the Bani Yas tribal confederation, made up of the ancestors of the ruling families of modern Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan) and Dubai (Al Maktoum).
*Descendents of these families rule Abu Dhabi and Dubai to this day.
*During the colonial era, the British were primarily concerned with protecting their links to India and keeping any European competitors out of the area.
*At the new century unfolded, Abu Dhabi was one of the poorest emirates, while Sharjah was the most populated and powerful.
*The region remained a quiet backwater of fishing villages, pearling, camel herding and farming in the oasis.
—In the 1930’s the pearl industry was devastated by the Japanese invention of the cultured pearl, creating significant hardship for the local population with the loss of their largest export and main source of earnings.
—However, all that changed with the discovery of oil.
*The first oil concessions were granted in 1939 by Sheikh Shakhbut Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan, but oil was not found for another 14 years. At first, oil money had a marginal impact.
*In Abu Dhabi, a few low-rise concrete buildings were erected, and the first paved road was completed in 1961.
*But Sheikh Shakbut, uncertain whether the new oil royalties would last, took a cautious approach, preferring to save the revenue rather than investing it in development.
*His brother, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, saw that oil wealth had the potential to transform Abu Dhabi.
*The ruling Al Nahayan family decided that Sheikh Zayed should replace his brother as Ruler and carry out his vision of developing the country.
*Exports from Abu Dhabi began in 1962, turning the poorest of the emirates into the richest.
*Dubai concentrated on building its reputation as the region’s busiest trading post. Then, in the mid 1960’s, Dubai found oil of its own. On August 6, 1966, with the assistance of the British, Sheikh Zayed became the new ruler.
—(Reading Resource: Al-Fahim, M, From Rags to Riches: A Story of Abu Dhabi, Chapter Six (London Centre of Arab Studies, 1995), ISBN 1 900404 00 1)
*In 1968 Britain announced its intention to leave the Gulf in 1971.
*The original plan was to form a single state consisting of Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial Coast states.
*However, differing interests made it unsuccessful.
*Negotiations eventually led to the independence of Bahrain and Qatar and the formation of a new federation – the United Arab Emirates.
*In July 1971, six of the Trucial States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ajman and Fujairah) agreed on a federal Constitution for achieving independence as the United Arab Emirates. The UAE became independent on 2 December 1971.
*The remaining sheikhdom, Ras Al Khaimah, joined the United Arab Emirates in February 1972. Sheikh Zayed of Abu Dhabi (the namesake of the University and driving force for the creation of the UAE) took office as the first President of the United Arab Emirates.
*Today, the UAE is a major international tourist and business center as well as one of the most modern, stable and safe countries in the world.
*It has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world at nearly $25,000 USD.
*The UAE has approximately 10% of the world’s total known oil reserves, 90% in Abu Dhabi and about 10% in Dubai.
*While the Abu Dhabi reserves are expected to last another 100 years, at present rates of production Dubai’s reserves will last only another ten years.
*Fortunately, the UAE is no longer solely reliant on oil and gas revenues.
*Today, the oil sector contributes 30% of the country’s GDP.
*Thanks to the foresight of the UAE leaders, trade, tourism, real estate and construction are large contributors, most notably in Dubai.
So what happened at a mental level?
*We can divide the thought process aspect of Emiratis into 3 parts:
—First Generation (1900s-1960s)
—Second Generation (1970s-1990s)
—Third Generation (2000 and beyond)
Emiratis First Generation (1900s-1960s)
*These can be called the “FOUNDING FATHERS”
*They faced lots of PHYSICAL hardship in their lives
*They struggled to gain independence for the country, they played a role in joining the Emirates to the land region it is today
*Their thinking was cautious and reserved
*Theirs was an age of strict adherence to Islamic code of conduct, values and cultural traditions
Emiratis Second Generation (1970s-1990s)
These were the “DEVELOPERS” who wisely used the resources of oil and tourism to grow the country to unprecedented heights
Their thinking was to get to the level of developed countries very quickly through any number of human or material resource deployment
This was an age of diversity and diversification, of people getting rich overnight in the UAE
In their time, development took precedence over EVERYTHING else, religious beliefs were kept at an individual then state level, other religion and nationality people were encouraged to come to the UAE and build it
Emiratis Third Generation (2000 and beyond)
*These are the “SHAPERS” of the future, they are the young leaders of today
*They are going beyond development and systems into carving an identity for the UAE in and outside the country
*While they like the progress and development in UAE, at the same time they are concerned with preserving local values and culture
*Their thinking is characterized by boldness, innovation and focus on learning and on building a competent team of nationals to replace the largely expatriate workforce
Comparison with East & West
Operational Comparison ofUAE with East & West
—Similar background, ex British colonies
—Similar high growth in short period time
—Focus on infrastructure development
—Focus on free port, shipping and tax free advantages
—Singapore/HK reached saturation in production, tourism and are now turning into mature markets
*West: US/UK, Europe
—Mature market characterized by innovation, industrial and defense superiority over the rest of the world
—Plagued by decreasing population growth rates, outsourcing leading to crash of local industry and markets
—World leaders in innovation in any field
—From IT, telecom, military, chemicals, anything and everything justifying their existence as strong creators
Human Comparison ofUAE with East & West I
Case in point: America
“Who is an American?”
Logically, the Red (or other tribes) of Indians, the natural dwellers of Americas and Canada.
However, their President today is an African-American
Their inventors, scientists, business leaders, academicians, in short their ENTIRE society is a mix of different nationalities including Africans, Latin, Arabs, Asians, Europeans, Australians, Russians BUT they ALL call themselves “AMERICANS” – they all EQUALLY love their motherland whether born or naturalized there.
What is the “SECRET FORMULA” that America has used to attract, absorb and gain unconditional loyalty of people, even if they were born on any other part of the world, to any other religion, race, sect or cast?
America – The “SECRET” Formula
*Americans live by the “American Dream” of freedom, knowledge, justice and equality
—The landmark in this direction was at the time of Abraham Lincoln when he abolished slavery and laid the foundation of the superpower, America.
—This dream superimposes all their differences and UNITES them, BINDS them into a bond of HUMANITY that is stronger than any regional, religious, cultural or family bond.
—They make sure those who are granted immigration agree with the American values of justice, freedom, equality and progress through innovation.
—The net result is an EXTREMELY SMART and POWERFUL NATION which is a MIX of almost EVERY global nationality YET united in purpose and spirit.
Human Comparison ofUAE with East & West II
—Hong Kong does not offer immigration
—Singapore offers immigration via Registration
*The term used in the Constitution to refer to the process commonly known as naturalization.
*A person can apply for registration as a Singaporean citizen if he or she has been a Permanent Resident for at least two years and is gainfully employed or married to a Singaporean citizen.
*A male Permanent Resident may also apply upon satisfactory completion of full-time National Service, as may children of Singaporean citizens resident in Singapore.
*Each application is considered on its own merits.
*West: US/UK/Australia, Europe
—Almost all western countries, the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and others including Australia and New Zealand have their own naturalization and immigration processes based on criteria relating to skills, adaptability to local culture and work environment and on the basis of human rights
*The UAE, at the moment, has, like other Gulf countries, no immigration or naturalization process or policy in place
Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
Challenges: People related
Ethics and values
UAE’s culture is based on its religion, Islam, its history of pearl diving, fishing and the desert.
It is important to preserve the culture for the coming generations.
This can be done by creating “This is UAE” Campaign outlining the above and placing it on strategic locations like Malls, Airports, Public Places, Radio and TV programs and Press
Most of this can be done for free by simply making this a social responsibility of the owners of these institutions to “give something back to UAE”, the safe tax free haven they operate in.
*The UAE National Identity is derived from:
*Nationals should be taken on specially designed “National Identity” programs making them participate in the roots of society like pearl diving, desert activities and handicrafts, local produce that makes them understand, appreciate and gel in with the culture and practices of their fore fathers.
*To preserve the national identity and to impress upon its basic principles it should be made MANDATORY to be taught as a subject in schools atleast till middle school, besides at WORK, companies should be asked to get certified training of their staff on “WHAT IS UAE?” and “UAE NATIONAL IDENTITY” so that their employees know, respect and accept the local culture, its boundaries and its bounties.
*The UAE, like other Gulf countries has a skewed population mix wherein the locals are a very small percent of the total population.
*While it is important to inculcate an understanding of Emirati culture in the UAE residents, it is EQUALLY important that UAE residents, whether or not locals, should understand and appreciate the diversity in this environment.
*Non nationals via their respective embassies in UAE, should be encouraged to take out newspaper supplements, do radio/TV programs and workplace presentations for their respective cultural awareness so the people can live in harmony and understanding.
*UAE Nationals of the Future!
—The UAE is slowly moving towards a more local based work force, however, for that it is relying heavily on financial motivation and white collar jobs.
—True Emiratization will never come about unless the UAE nationals are taught the value of doing everything from bottom to top, and treat work as ACHIEVEMENT then financial need which the UAE Government adequately takes care of.
Ethics and values
*The strongest INSTITUTION of UAE is its police wing, and in that DUBAI POLICE has an excellent reputation for professionalism and speed of execution.
*The UAE should establish a code of conduct and ethics for everybody in the country, and it should be ALIKE for all.
*The ethics and values should be based on Islamic principles as well as local cultural sensitivities and practices.
*It is MOST IMPORTANT that existing and incoming expatriates are CLEARLY told about UAE Ethics and Values at point of entry.
*A BASIC ARABIC & UAE ETHICS COURSE must be made COMPULSORY for everyone entering the country.
*This will minimize things like drunk driving, indecent behavior on public beaches, use of drugs and substance abuse, driving ethics, speaking ethics.
*The UAE, like the Gulf has NO immigration policy.
*There is logical fear that local culture, power and influence can decrease if “foreigners” are absorbed in the land.
*My view is different. It is the American / Singaporean / Western view, specially American IF PROPERLY SHORTLISTED ACCORDING TO THE UAE’S NEEDS
—AS FIRST PHASE, UAE can issue “GUEST” Passports to other nationalities based on set criteria, provide only basic residency and basic healthcare in return and let the expats make the UAE’s HUGE land into an oasis of knowledge, business success and greenery.
—UAE needs to create a criteria for immigration, whether it is estate related, I suggest a COURSE on Arabic and Local Culture, and scoring minimum marks in that alongside other criteria should be compulsory.
—As immigrants, foreigners can bring wealth, skills, hard work, loyalty, material and knowledge to the UAE
—There should be an immigration policy for laborers, as they are the people who have to build the un built 95% of the UAE’s desert into an oasis of farms and development
—It will set the UAE apart as a role model for other Gulf countries besides immeasurably enhance its image in the developed world
—There should be criteria similar to developed countries that can be adapted to institutionalize this process
—Already the majority of expats living in UAE are attached to the country beyond material due to law and order, safety and a sense of belongingness
Challenges: Business Related
Real Estate/Mortgage Crisis
The current real estate / mortgage & financial crisis roots are in GREED.
Capitalism, in its greed for interest and returns defies the basic rule of business, REAL profitability.
The problem is: UAE has thousands of freehold houses stuck without buyers, developers leaving unfinished and customers unable to pay back.
The solution is on the next slide.
“Real” Estate Solutions
*The vision should be to launch the UAE immigration policy of “Guest Passport” as a TOOL to increase diversity as well as solve the real estate crisis.
—Provide Guest Passport to qualifying / purchasing expat families as per Canadian / Australian models with LIMITED rights (10% of Emiratis, only residence and basic / emergency local medical rights only, NOTHING ELSE)
—Ask banks to REMOVE interest only recover cost AFTER supplier negotiations, salary cuts and supplier reductions so cost of ownership is substantially reduced.
—Invite business people on this basis to increase investment.
—For those working in good / approved companies start PAYE (pay as you earn) salary deductions scheme
—Institute BANKRUPTCY like Western countries on similar models for those who cannot pay (from existing buyers) instead of putting them in “Police lockup” which is harming UAE’s image globally
—Also allow only ONE property on bank loan to people, rest to be returned to banks / financiers, this is the BEST solution for those who went only to speculate in real estate market should be forced to give up their possibility of gains in the larger interest of market stabilization.
UAE has been an established tourism destination.
To increase tourism further, UAE government should work with hotels to offer “EXTENDED STAY” packages ideally with other GCC hotels, at VERY LOW PROFIT margins so that the WORLD comes to stay in UAE on their ANNUAL VACATIONS,
The Western tourists are specially attracted due to the weather
Work with GCC to make UAE visa a “GCC tourism visa” so that travelers in one go can see the whole area
Dubai has three key trade zones on which I have NOTHING but praise, they are PERFECT models of excellence
The only suggestion I can give is to make their government services process autonomous so they can handle ALL aspects of investors and workers which they currently cannot, besides couple with the immigration suggestions and it will increase the economy manifold
The Education market is booming globally
UAE needs to partner with US/Canadian/Australian universities to open FULL FLEDGED CAMPUSES WITH HOSTELS on the same lines as the West to capitalize on this opportunity
Many from here and Asia will choose this due better climate and lower cost plus closer to home
*Agriculture is an UNDER UTILIZED area of the UAE I have a really grand plan on this aspect
*This will also OFFSET GLOBAL WARMING EFFECT OF SEA RISE
*This idea can capitalize on cheap labor given the economic recession to start developing the 95% desert into the FUTURE GREEN OIL of UAE, construction and farm labor can be issued long term residency visas so they feel protected and cared for
*UAE can be positioned as a hub for organic food creation, processing and packaging
*OPERATION GREEN DESERT
—Build pipelines from the SEA to the middle of desert areas, start a PILOT project first near Emirates road
—Identify seeds of plants that can survive in hot weather, HOLD the earth, increase NUTRITIONAL quality of earth and MIX them with sprinklers
—Run sprinklers a LOT in the night, 3-4 HOURS, its seawater from a RISING sea, the more you use the better.
—WITH TIME, the desert will start growing vegetation and become green
Le Emirates presentation was already submitted to Dubai Government and can be shared only with government officials
With IMMIGRATION of BRAINS UAE to me will be the developer of next super computer or vaccine or advanced mobile, computer, software, medicines for the world.
This is my “pet idea” – as of NOW the global financial markets, stock markets, banks have all collapsed, thanks to a greedy interest based structure
My idea is to organize a conference in Dubai where I will personally invite the BEST US / European companies to come here and solicit investors in the region in a RETAIL environment
Details on http://www.globalinvestorfunds.com/
There is an Academic blog that goes with it too on http://www.sayno2recession.com/
I read in a newspaper that over last ten years temperature in Dubai has gone up by 3 to 10 degrees Celsius
I think and believe the reason is MISUSE of AIRCONDITIONING which KILLS OZONE layer of Earth.
Even when weather is nice it is raining or cold wind outside in winters PEOPLE STILL USE THEIR AC at HOME and in CARS! It is ridiculous and killing environment
By LAW cars and homes / offices should be FORCED not to put temperature below 25 degrees except where required like a hospital or drugstore
AC kills environment awareness campaign is needed
*Dubai or any metropolitan city traffic is a nightmare! So many radars and YET people drive like CRAZY, so difficult LICENSE TEST yet people drive like they use to drive army tanks or tractors.
*Because Dubai police CANNOT monitor them with radars only.
*I am making a presentation on MECOM 2009 on HOW TO CONTROL / TOLL / FINE TRAFFIC AND HELP ACCIDENT EMERGENCIES USING GPS TRAFFIC MONITORING SYSTEM
*Using Navigation Technology To Toll And Control Real World Traffic
—Why physical toll gates are not essential in a GPS world
—Allowing police traffic control using customized GPS, mobile handsets and software solutions
—Using GPS navigation to toll cars, report dangerous driving, accident information and traffic announcements
Swine Flu and Healthcare
—Cases rising, deaths increasing countries increasing, Tamiflu and antiviral efficacy is in doubt as the VIRUS IS MUTATING, i.e. it is CHANGING, the world alert is already at or anticipating a Pandemic
—The world is soon going to turn into a massive graveyard, whether it is Allah’s anger at how humans have let Him down or just a virus, time alone will tell us, till then we need to PREPARE
*Dr Robert Young Approach
—Dr Young in a progressive American Microbiologist and leading thinker of our times on medical science
—His approach towards medical science is quite different from traditional medical science, please read:
—He has the cure for Swine Flu, and other diseases using DIET to control what he calls PLEOMORPHISM.
—I suggest you research into the above and if you are convinced, invite him as a speaker SOON so that BEFORE the outbreak he can prepare the residents and Ministry of Health / Government how best to tackle it.
How to tackle Swine Flu-I
On an urgent basis I am trying to contact Ministry of Health and National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA).
Alhamdolillah as of right now, UAE is safe from Swine Flu, but the SPEED with which it is spreading cannot be contained, and a Pandemic is imminent, as per World Health Organization -Arabic: http://www.who.int/ar/ index.html
In the US spread to 11 states, who have shut down schools, the number is rising very quickly and the US is bracing for a full scale emergency.
Let us be AHEAD of them as God has given us the CHANCE through time to PREVENT the disaster that CAN happen.
• Since I am a management consultant, and also a trainer on “Crisis Management” I understand the process of this virus spreading and the inability of the Mexican, US and other governments to satisfactorily contain its spread
Safety: When countries think “It hasn’t come to us yet, we will deal with it when it comes here” turns out to be bad news since it is just like normal flu, only lethal, and the spreading process of flu is very efficient and effective over thousands of years. We have to be SMARTER than the virus, be ready to greet it with preparedness than a crisis
• Medicines: The virus is mutating and whether or not the medications will help will vary from person to person and also on how soon, or late it is diagnosed. In this case “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”
How to tackle Swine Flu-II
Prevention: Is possible to a large extent, though costly, here is my STEP-BY-STEP plan for crisis management:
Stay indoors: Except ESSENTIAL jobs like police, Doctors, travel, let people stay indoors, this means:
Close schools, give students “one month homework” let them study at home, also ask schools to recommend websites and maybe do E-CLASSES, based on internet that senior students can take from home via email or websites that allow collaboration
Ask office workers to work from home, again using internet
Other businesses, UNLESS essential ask them to give ANNUAL LEAVE now, within one month we will ALL know what is the status of vaccine, treatment and all of this virus, it will help us prevent it immeasurably
Close Malls and Major Bazaars in ALL emirates, this is also VERY important
Central Air conditioners—must be shut down, as they will transmit the virus to EVERY house in that building or home, better to live with some heat then not be alive!
On TV, Radio, Newspapers issue MASK, HAND CLEANING, HAND GLOVES and PREVENTION TECHNIQUES, the sooner this starts the better
Choice of medicines: People should be told to IMMEDIATELY consult their nearest health centre / hospital once they feel they have flu of any kind. Also HOSPITAL staff must be ready and prepared to deal with it through hygiene and advance training / instructions
According to Dr Robert Young in California, USA (www.phmiracleliving.com) virus are nothing but acids, now there are people who doubt his theories, but I trust him, anyway, you can form your own opinion. I would trust both medical Drs and Dr Young, given the circumstances.
This presentation is the result of my love for the United Arab Emirates, my home for the last six year.
Whilst I do not know about my future in this region, I do know that this area has immense potential.
Hence this presentation is a collection of ideas, mine, on how to develop this amazing place even further.
Some data has been used from other sources which have been identified, where used.
Pictures, except my own, are the property of their respective copyright owners, I have only searched them from the internet and added for illustration purposes only i.e. just to make the presentation appear more visually appealing.
I have no overt or covert desire to further any personal goal or objective through this presentation, it is a small effort at understanding a great people and a great nation and suggestions as a healthy “payback” for the good time I spent here.
Imran Owais Kazmi, Dubai, UAE